Hyderabad District of Telangana at a Glance

About Hyderabad District :

Hyderabad (Urban) District in its present shape has come into existence in August, 1978 consequent on formation of a new District, Ranga Reddy from the erstwhile Hyderabad District. All the rural areas of erst-while Hyderabad District have been included in Ranga Reddy District, while the area of Muncipal Corporation of Hyderabad (Exclding a small part), Secunderabad Cantonment, Lalaguda and Osmania University are included in Hyderabad District. There are 66 villages in the District and they are grouped into erstwhile talukas, Viz., Charminar, Golconda, Musheerabad and Secunderabad. The total area of the district is 217 Sq Km. The district has 2 Parliament Constituencies and 15 Assembly Constituencies. The Charminar, Birla Mandir, Macca Masjid, Salarjung Museum, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort, Birla Planetarium, Science Museum, Nehru Zoological Park, Budda Poornima, Public Garden, The Falaknuma Palace, Asman Garh Palace, and Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park are some of the important places to visit in the District. The State capital being in this District, it is highly developed in all aspects. With a view to bringing up the administration to the door steps of the people to solve their problems upliftment of the people.

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Charminar :

The Charminar (“Four Minarets”), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in HyderabadTelanganaIndia. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. Charminar is a historical place since 400 years and also famous for its surrounding markets.It is one of the tourist attraction in hyderabad. Bangles can be found at cheaper rate. Many local festivals are celebrated grandly in charminar like bonalu, bathukamma.  The Charminar is situated on the east bank of Musi river. To the west lies the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest lies the richly ornamented granite Makkah Masjid. It is listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The English name is a translation and combination of the Urdu words Chār and Minar or meenar, translating to “Four Pillars”; the eponymous towers are ornate minarets attached and supported by four grand arches.

Some of the popular myths that are recorded in accord with the monument’s architectural appearance are as follows:

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the current caretaker of the structure, mentions in its records that, “There are various theories regarding the purpose for which Charminar was constructed. However, it is widely accepted that charminar was built at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague”, a deadly disease which was wide spread at that time. as Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahhad prayed for the end of a plague that was ravaging his city and vowed to build a Mosque at the very place where he prayed. According to Jean de Thévenot, a French traveller of the 17th century whose narration was complemented with the available Persian texts, the Charminar was constructed in the year 1591 CE, to commemorate the beginning of the second Islamic millennium year (1000 AH). The event was celebrated far and wide in the Islamic world, thus Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad to celebrate the event and commemorate it with the construction of this building. Due to its architecture it is also called as arc de triomphe of the east.

Historian Masud Hussain Khan says that the construction of Charminar was completed in the year 1592, and that it is the city of Hyderabad which was actually founded in the year 1591.  According to the book “Days of the Beloved”, Qutb shah constructed the Charminar in the year 1589, on the very spot where he first glimpsed his future queen Bhagmati, and after her conversion to Islam, Qutb Shah renamed the city as “Hyderabad”. Though the story was denied by the historians and scholars, it became popular folklore among the locals.

Qutb Shah was also among the early poets of Dakhani Urdu, while laying the foundation of Charminar performed the prayers in Dakhini couplets, which are recorded as follows:

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